The ability of our nation’s transportation system to provide for and
maintain the efficient movement of freight is important to the continuing economic health of the United States. U.S. domestic freight tonnage is anticipated to approximately double – and international freight tonnage expected to nearly triple – by 2035. This book provides facts and figures on the flow of U.S. freight while examining the physical network, economic conditions and transportation system responsible for the movement of freight. It then explores the growing need to find new ways to address air quality concerns and greenhouse gas emissions associated with freight movements.
The U.S. marine transportation system handles large volumes of domestic and international freight in support of the Nation’s economic activities. As a vital part of that system, the Nation’s container ports handle cargo and are sources of employment, revenue, and taxes for businesses or communities where they are located. This book provides an overview of the movement of maritime freight handled by the Nation’s container ports. It summarizes trends in maritime freight movement since 1995, and covers the impact of the recent U.S. and global economic downturn on container traffic; trends in container throughput; concentration of containerized cargo at the top U.S. ports; regional shifts in cargo handled, vessel calls, and port capacity and the rankings of U.S. ports among the world’s top ports Also discussed are summaries of landside access to container ports and maritime security initiatives.
To move large quantities of goods across the country and around the world, Americans depend on the Nation’s freight transportation system – a vast network of roads, bridges, rail tracks, airports, seaports, navigable waterways, pipelines, and equipment. Because economic activities worldwide have become more integrated and globalized, more goods produced by U.S. factories and farms are bound for export, and imports originate from more than 200 countries. This pace of trade Americans have become accustomed to is made possible by the complex intermodal transportation network that blankets the country and links the United States with world markets. This book provides a snapshot of freight transportation activity from a global perspective, highlighting physical characteristics and industry output for the U.S. and other leading world economies.
Freight shipments were at an all time high in December 2011. U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS) Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) was at 114.0 in December 2011 and is now at 107.1 for October 2012. Both rail freight and trucking showed significant declines.
Barges on the Mississippi handle about 60 percent of the nation’s grain exports entering the Gulf of Mexico through New Orleans, as well as 22 percent of its petroleum and 20 percent of its coal. About $7 billion worth of commodities usually travel on the Mississippi in December and January, including $2.3 billion of agricultural products and $1.8 billion of chemical goods, according to the American Waterways Operators and Waterways Council Inc.
PALMETTO, Fla. – The 620-foot-long M/V King Fraser docked at Port Manatee Nov. 19, 2012 to discharge more than 52,000 tons of Brazilian-produced corn, imported to offset drought-stricken U.S. production shortfalls.
The corn will be used for animal feed.
“We are looking forward to a busy working relationship with Port Manatee, as we plan to bring in approximately 10,000 truck-load equivalents of corn through the port,” commented Cliff Arfman, vice president southeast at Interstate Commodities, Inc.
The shipment through Port Manatee is Interstate Commodities’ first of at least four to meet U.S. demand.
“We plan to provide the Florida feed industry a consistent source of grains free of drought-related toxins and we also have the capability to load rail shipments from Port Manatee throughout the U.S. via CSX Transportation.”
In its Nov. 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated the drought is impacting approximately 75 percent of U.S. corn production and will continue into 2013.
Stevedoring company Logistec USA, Inc. is handling the cargo discharge and terminal management at Port Manatee, and A.R. Savage & Son is the shipping agent.